Wednesday, May 20 2009
Something in Yann Perreau has cracked open, and while the irritated, despairing musician of his past work was attractive, Perreau's sudden confidence seems like a better fit with his raucous stage persona.
Thursday, February 4 2010
The Brit band's excess is perhaps what the people behind this book had in mind when they covered its pages in cheap-looking, multicolored clip art -- paisley borders, floating polka dots, bloated flowers.
Tuesday, September 22 2009
Alec Wilkinson paints a simple picture of a combatant for social justice, an anti-materialist, a woodsman, a patriot, an environmentalist, a near 90-year-old with a fierce regard for even-handedness.
Sunday, September 20 2009
This new 2009 translation from the Yiddish, has restored to the novel all of its misery. For this is a dark and hopeless book, its bleakness undercut only by Aleichem’s particular brand of quick wit.
Wednesday, June 3 2009
The scope of Eng's work is cinematic: we see the men and women of Malaya searching for sea creatures in the mud, lighting firecrackers at village weddings, digging their own graves.
Monday, April 6 2009
Disarming and fiercely persuasive, the author's portrait of India may not be sacred or exotic, but he continues to clothe the country in binaries -- if not stale ones, then divisions of his own.